Midwest Student Exchange Program Award for Graduate and Professional Students

MSEP information for undergraduate students can be found at enroll.iupui.edu/admissions/msep.html.

Graduate and Professional Programs participating in MSEP can be found at: graduate.iupui.edu/admissions/msep/msep-programs.shtml

IUPUI has joined the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)

The Midwest Student Exchange Program was established by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact to increase interstate educational opportunities for students in its member states. The program enables legal residents of Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin to enroll at IUPUI at a reduced cost. The Midwest Student Exchange Program award will be administered to Ohio residents beginning with the Fall 2018 term.

  • What is the Midwest Student Exchange Program?

    The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program. Through the MSEP, participating institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs. All enrollment decisions are made at the discretion of the receiving campus and the campus may exercise its right to limit participation or set specific admission requirements for MSEP.

  • Are there eligibility requirements in order to participate in the MSEP?

    To be eligible for the award at IUPUI, a student must be a legal resident of Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, or Wisconsin. The student must also apply and be admitted (including conditional admits) to IUPUI as a nonresident, as well as enroll in an MSEP eligible graduate or professional program and attend classes on campus. Eligible students will be granted a Midwest Student Exchange Program award.

    Note: Some nonresident students may qualify for resident tuition according to Indiana state law. Those students are not eligible for the Midwest Student Exchange Program award. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or undocumented students that are classified as nonresidents are not eligible for the MSEP award.

  • Are graduate students eligible to participate in the MSEP?

    Certain graduate degree programs will be participating in the MSEP. For a full list, visit our Participating Programs webpage. Note that if a student moves from an MSEP eligible graduate / professional program to a non-MSEP eligible program their tuition could significantly increase.

  • When will the MSEP at IUPUI go into effect?

    IUPUI’s participation in the MSEP will become effective with the Fall 2016 semester. Ohio residents will be eligible beginning Fall 2018.

  • Are both full- and part-time students at IUPUI eligible to participate in the MSEP?

    Participation in the MSEP is available to both full-time and part-time students.

  • What is the IUPUI graduate application process?

    Go to this site and read more information about the process. Prospective students should refer to admissions deadlines set by the individual graduate / professional programs to determine if IUPUI is still accepting applications for a desired starting term. Graduate / professional admissions is decentralized on the IUPUI campus.

  • Is the MSEP award available to international applicants?

    If a student currently resides in Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, or Wisconsin and has one of the following immigration statuses, they may qualify for the MSEP award at IUPUI. Valid immigration statuses include: A-1, A-2, A-3, E-1, E-2, E-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, H-1B, H-4, I, L-1, L-2, O-1, O-3, V-1, V-2, V-3, or pending I-485 beneficiary.

  • Are application fee waivers part of the MSEP program?

    No, application fee waivers are not a part of the MSEP program.

  • Can I receive a fellowship from IUPUI and still qualify for the MSEP?

    Yes. A student who is a legal resident of Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, or Wisconsin and has applied and been admitted to an MSEP eligible graduate / professional program at IUPUI as a non-Indiana resident, may receive the MSEP award and still be granted a school-specific award in the form of a fellowship, graduate assistantship, teaching assistantship or research assistantship.

  • Can the MSEP award be used for summer session tuition?

    Yes, the MSEP award will be granted for summer session courses taken at IUPUI. The first eligible summer term is Summer 2017.

  • Can I receive financial aid and still qualify for the MSEP award?

    Yes; however, all financial aid received, when combined with the MSEP award, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance. MSEP participants are responsible for all other fees assessed upon enrollment.

  • How much money can I save through the MSEP?

    Actual savings can vary, based on the graduate / professional program the student is enrolled in. Note that he/she should pay no more than 150% of in-state tuition.

    Important note: The MSEP Award reduces IUPUI tuition costs. Mandatory fees and other program fees are not reduced by the award. For more on these fees, see the IUPUI fee estimator at bursar.iupui.edu/apps/costestimator.aspx.

    Students can estimate resident tuition for their program at this site: bursar.iupui.edu/apps/costestimator.aspx.

    • Under RESIDENCY, be sure to select “Indiana Resident” to compute the correct resident tuition
    • Select “Graduate \ Professional” for Status.
    • Select Program and Number of Hours for the term
    • Using the Sub Total displayed under “Approximate Tuition Cost,” compute 150% of that tuition cost.
    • Note that the MSEP award affects only tuition costs and doesn’t impact listed “Approximate Mandatory and Program Fees,” “Auxiliary Fees,” or “Total Costs.”

    Example:

    MSEP Tuition example

    Approximate Tuition Cost:
    Indiana Resident Sub Total: $3,750.21
    MSEP Eligible Program Sub Total: $5,625.32
    Out of State: $10,998.90
  • Which majors at IUPUI participate in the MSEP?

    About 100 graduate / professional on-campus programs are participating in the MSEP program. For a full list, visit our Participating Programs webpage. Fully online programs are NOT eligible for the MSEP award. Note that if a student moves from an MSEP eligible graduate / professional program to a non-MSEP eligible program his/her tuition could significantly increase.

  • What if I pursue dual majors where one program is MSEP-eligible but the other is not?

    Both programs must be MSEP eligible in order for the student to receive the award.

  • If I am an MSEP student, can I take online courses as part of my on-campus degree program?

    Yes, MSEP students enrolled in an IUPUI on-campus degree program can take online courses to fulfill requirements outlined in their degree map.

  • I was admitted prior to the Fall 2016 semester and meet MSEP requirements. Am I able to receive the award?

    Yes. Starting with the Fall 2016 semester, current or previously enrolled students who meet MSEP requirements and remain eligible to enroll in the degree program will qualify for the MSEP award automatically beginning Fall 2016 and will not need to complete an MSEP application.

  • Are there requirements to retain the MSEP award?

    Yes. The student will continue to receive the award as long as he/she remains in the MSEP (or has an approved leave of absence) and remains eligible to enroll in the MSEP eligible degree program regardless of subsequent status of the Participation Agreement or the institution’s or degree program’s participation in the exchange program. Note that if a student moves from an MSEP eligible graduate / professional program to a non-MSEP eligible program his/her tuition could significantly increase.

  • If I enroll in a course at another IU campus during the summer, will the MSEP cover the tuition at another campus?

    No, the student must enroll in courses through IUPUI for the MSEP award to be applied.

  • How will the MSEP award or other scholarships affect personal income tax?

    Students receiving combinations of scholarships and awards that exceed tuition and fees (direct costs) may need to consult with IRS publications #520 and #508 on tax liability for the difference. Please see the IRS website for downloadable copies or more information. (The Scholarship Office cannot provide information on tax advising.)

  • I believe I should qualify for the MSEP award, but did not receive it. Who can I contact?

    Students who have not already been contacted about their MSEP eligibility, but feel they meet the eligibility criteria, can complete the Office of the Registrar's appeal form.

For more information please contact the IUPUI Graduate Office at 317-278-2071 or by email at gradoff@iupui.edu.